Earlier this month, my husband lost both his grandfathers within a week. Though difficult, this was a period of reunion and reflection for our family, and left me with a renewed determination that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.
It reminded me of my core values – values I admire in those who built this community, such as strength, hard work, dedication, the importance of family, and faith in oneself and God.
I’ve mentioned my Cedar City heritage in previous columns, but I am also proud of my husband’s heritage. Both his grandfather’s lived in the Hurricane Valley, and adhered to the pioneer values that raised our beautiful southern Utah cities from the desert.
I also attended bits of last week’s History Day Camp at the Iron Mission State Park and it was wonderful to see the children learning, hands-on, about the tasks it took to travel to Utah and build a community.
After talking to some of the children, I could see that the camp had helped them gain some understanding and a true appreciation for those pioneers.
I am so glad that we have the Iron Mission State Park in our community, and I applaud the efforts of those visionaries who are working so hard to make it into a living history museum.
Todd Prince, park director, told me it is important to park staff that the Iron Mission become a resource for those who live here, because it teaches us about our history and heritage.
I encourage locals to stay informed about the park and take advantage of the educational opportunities it affords.
With the 24th of July, or Pioneer Day, right around the corner, I’m sure I’ll have plenty more opportunities to reflect on heritage this summer. I would like to encourage local youth to do the same.
I invite all Iron County residents ages 8 to 18 to submit an essay to our Iron County Legacy Essay Contest by July 10 at 5 p.m.
Essays should be 350 words or less and focus on a person or event that helped shape Iron County. Winning entries will be published in our July 23 edition.
To submit, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or bring essays by the office at 389 N. 100 West, Suite 12, Cedar City.